Facade Design Pattern

 UML diagram
 sample code in C#


Provide a unified interface to a set of interfaces in a subsystem. Façade defines a higher-level interface that makes the subsystem easier to use.

Frequency of use:   high

UML class diagram


    The classes and/or objects participating in this pattern are:

  • Facade   (MortgageApplication)
    • knows which subsystem classes are responsible for a request.
    • delegates client requests to appropriate subsystem objects.
  • Subsystem classes   (Bank, Credit, Loan)
    • implement subsystem functionality.
    • handle work assigned by the Facade object.
    • have no knowledge of the facade and keep no reference to it.

sample code in C#

This structural code demonstrates the Facade pattern which provides a simplified and uniform interface to a large subsystem of classes.

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// Facade pattern -- Structural example

This real-world code demonstrates the Facade pattern as a MortgageApplication object which provides a simplified interface to a large subsystem of classes measuring the creditworthyness of an applicant.

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// Facade pattern -- Real World example

This .NET optimized code demonstrates the same real-world situation as above but uses modern, built-in .NET features, such as, generics, reflection, object initializers, automatic properties, etc.

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// Facade pattern -- .NET optimized

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